Welcome to the first CST newsletter of 2016 and a Happy New Year to all our members. It has been an interesting month Chelsea-wise since the last newsletter, to put it mildly. Hopefully the New Year will coincide with an uplift in form, and decent runs in the two cup competitions.
In terms of CST business, there are a few key issues we would like to bring to your attention and/or remind you of.
Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM
Many CST members are also CPO shareholders so a reminder that the CPO Annual General Meeting is at 11.00 on Friday 29th January in the Drake Suite, Stamford Bridge. We would actively encourage as many members who are shareholders as possible to attend the meeting. A reminder that those attending the meeting need to take photo ID (e.g. passport or driving licence) with them.
Agendas were sent out by CPO to shareholders a couple of weeks ago. If you are a shareholder but unable to attend, you can vote electronically or use a proxy, details of these options are contained in the agenda mail-out. CST own one CPO share. At our latest Board Meeting on Saturday 16th January, the CST board decided how to cast our vote on behalf of our membership on each of the eleven resolutions in conformance with the CPO resolution passed at the last CST AGM. A number of CST board members are aiming to attend the meeting.
Chelsea Pitch Owners is a unique protection for Chelsea supporters, and it was made clear in the result of the relevant motion at this year’s AGM that the majority of our members want to see it remain, regardless of the Stamford Bridge’s redevelopment. We would again encourage members who are not CPO shareholders to actively consider purchasing one. Details on how to purchase shares are shown here.
We will be submitting a number of questions to the CPO board in advance of the AGM. If you have any questions you would like us to ask on your behalf, please e-mail them to email@example.com by Monday 25th January. Alternatively, send them directly to Chelsea Pitch Owners.
Chelsea Safety Advisory Group
A representative from the CST, and one from the Fulham Supporters Trust, met earlier this month with senior council officers who lead the Safety Advisory Groups (SAG’s) for
Fulham, QPR and Chelsea. This was to discuss greater supporter involvement in the three Safety Advisory Groups, which meet twice-yearly and currently have representatives from the clubs, Hammersmith and Fulham council, Metropolitan Police, BTP, emergency services etc but not supporters. Issues of safety and security clearly directly impact supporters, and it is clearly anomalous that they have no voice. A motion at this year’s CST AGM was passed in favour of us pushing to get a supporter representative at the Chelsea SAG.
It was a productive discussion and the council officers understood the benefits from greater supporter dialogue and receiving direct supporter feedback. The issue of greater supporter input is being discussed at the next SAG at the end of January, and it is hoped that direct supporter input to future SAG meetings will result.
As an interim measure, they are keen to receive feedback on any security or safety issue relating to Chelsea which supporters would like to give. If there are specific comments on issues like touting, stewarding, policing, ground safety, queues at Fulham Broadway etc that you would like to make, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 25th January. We will collate them and forward them for consideration at the SAG.
Supporter Ownership and Engagement
The Government Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement has just published its final report. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport web link to a summary of the report content is here
A press release from Supporters Direct detailing their response is here
Representatives from the CST will be attending a meeting of Premier League Supporters Trusts hosted by Supporters Direct next week, where one agenda item will be the contents of the report and the response to it. Feedback from this meeting will be given in the next CST newsletter.
Jack Whitley Gravestone Jack Whitley was a Chelsea goalkeeper before World War One, playing 127 games between 1907 and 1914. He was also a member of the club backroom staff, including roles as coach and trainer, right up to 1939. Having given 30 years to the club, Jack died just a few months after our league championship triumph in 1955 and although he passed away in Hertfordshire, he specifically asked to be laid to rest within earshot of Stamford Bridge. Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill recently discovered Jack lies in an unmarked grave at the north end of Brompton Cemetery. Rick feels, as do the CST board, that it would be great to give Jack a gravestone that properly reflects and marks his lengthy service to Chelsea. To this end, we are planning to track down his relatives or next of kin, then organise an online ‘crowd-funding’ fundraising campaign designed to erect a fitting memorial. We will advise once the online fundraising page has been set up.
Green Fingers Wanted
In conjunction with Royal Parks and Friends of Brompton Cemetery, we are also planning to help clean up Chelsea-related graves by volunteering a few hours’ basic gardening/cleaning. Brompton Cemetery is the resting place for a number of Chelsea figures from the past and we are keen to help keep the cemetery tidy and in good shape. We are aiming to do this once the weather improves, and would welcome help from CST members. We will give more information in the February newsletter.
Take a look at this Chelsea FC Guide to Brompton Cemetery
European Away Ticket Collection – PSG
The details regarding ticket collection for the Paris St Germain away game on 16th February have been published by the club . Whilst respecting the impact of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, we have concerns about aspects of this announced process and are in contact with the club on the matter.
Next Special General Meeting
The date of the next SGM will be announced once the March TV fixtures are announced so we can firm up the room booking.
Advance train ticket alerts from thetrainline.com.
Please be aware fixtures are subject to change due to television demands, before booking: http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league
Get a third off rail fares with the Two Together Railcard. http://www.twotogetherrailcard.co.uk/
Travel to the Bridge by train? Weekend travel news from TfL: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/track.aspx?offset=weekend
Follow TfL travel status & updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TfLTravelAlerts